GLS Group’s sustainability efforts rewarded with EcoVadis Gold Certificate



The company’s environmental impact puts it in the top 7% of the postal, courier and multimodal freight transport activities industry

Amsterdam, 7 March 2022 – GLS Group’s efforts to connect people across the world whilst protecting the environment for future generations have been rewarded with the EcoVadis Gold Certificate. EcoVadis is an international sustainability ratings provider for more than 90,000 companies offering the leading solution for monitoring and optimising sustainability in global supply chains. EcoVadis holds companies to the highest possible standard, which means that GLS’ placement in the 93rd percentile makes it one of the most sustainable parcel carriers in Europe. EcoVadis looks at a range of metrics under the categories: Environment, Sustainable Procurement, Ethics and Labour & Human Rights. GLS Group’s high rating from EcoVadis thus reflects the company’s efforts across the spectrum of corporate social responsibility.

Unifying network strategy for environmental sustainability
GLS Group’s environmental impact score of 80/100, particularly, puts the company among the 7% top-rated companies in the sector. This stand-out environmental score is the result of the company’s long-term environmental sustainability strategy. For more than ten years, GLS Group has been actively seeking and implementing ways to reduce its environmental impact, as have its local transport partners. GLS Group launched a unifying strategy to maximise its impact and ensure that know-how and effort are being shared across its entire international network. The evolving success of the strategy is reflected in the fact that last year’s Silver rating from EcoVadis has been raised to Gold this year.

An encouraging sign
GLS Group’s environmental sustainability strategy is based on the reduction, avoidance and compensation of emissions, with priorities weighted to emission reduction and avoidance. “We are committed to creating a sustainable organisation that meets the needs of the world around us”, says CEO Martin Seidenberg. “I’m proud that we at GLS Group are taking direct steps that create such a positive impact and help us move towards our shared goal of creating the sustainable world of the future. The EcoVadis Gold Certificate is a recognition that we are on the right track, as well as an encouragement to improve our sustainability efforts even more”.

About GLS Group

GLS Group is an international parcel services provider with a strong local market expertise. Each day, GLS delivers millions of parcels through its seamless cross-border network. The company takes pride in providing its customers across about 40 countries with a hassle-free experience and high-quality service that suits their needs best. With a sharp eye on what matters most - the customer - GLS has a presence in almost all European countries and operates through wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada and on the USA’s West Coast, all within one GLS network. The GLS network consists of 88 central and regional transhipment points and about 1,600 depots, which are supported by approximately 35,000 final-mile delivery vehicles and 4,600 long-distance trucks. The way GLS actively manages its network and connects its markets gives the company the agility and flexibility to respond to fast-changing conditions in the industry. In 2020/21, GLS generated record revenues of 4.5 billion euros and delivered 840 million parcels, despite global challenges

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis provides the leading solution for monitoring sustainability in global supply chains. Using innovative technology and sustainability expertise, EcoVadis strives to engage companies and help them adopt sustainable practices.